It's not always necessary to make a wholesale change to find more satisfaction in the work you do. This article suggests some ideas for how to change your job instead. The author says he has learned "not to underestimate the power of creativity and commitment in shaping your daily work."
* Put yourself in a position where you're more likely to be at the right place at the right time (e.g., express an interest in a direction you would like to go so if the opportunity opens up, the powers that be will be aware of it).
* Find pet projects. Look for opportunities to pile more of the things you really want to be doing onto your plate.
* Write your own reality. Identify something you would like to do, make a solid case for how it would benefit the company/organization, and pitch the idea.
He wraps up the article with an interesting perspective:
So how can you go about reshaping your work?
Whether you realize it or not, you probably are already shaping your job. If you volunteer for tasks you like, you gain self-esteem and company praise. Conversely, if you fail to volunteer for new tasks or fail to come up with new ideas yourself, you have limited how your employer sees you. You have, in essence, not only failed to think outside the box, you have boxed yourself in by limiting your job satisfaction and career potential.
To break out of your mold, you need to ask yourself what exactly it is that you want to do. It does not matter what field you are in - journalism, insurance, accounting. Something attracted you to the business. Get back in touch with that, and creative ideas will follow. Then all you have to do is sell your employer on letting you make the improvements or changes.
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